Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / Cpl. Jeff Herpst with the Walker County Sheriff's Office arrests an individual for driving with a revoked license Friday, June 22, 2018 in Walker County, Georgia. Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / Cpl.... In Walker County, only four of 27 sheriff's office patrol cars have dash cams to capture interactions between law enforcement and the defendants they arrest. Sheriff Steve Wilson said he does not plan to close the gap, citing an expense of about $115,000. (The department's total budget was about $8 million this year.) To see how 22 other local departments in North Georgia compared, the Times Free Press filed open records request with each agency Friday. Here is a list of responses, which the newspaper will update as it receives more answers: Calhoun Police Department: 27 of 27 patrol cars (100%) Catoosa County Sheriff's Office: 45 of 59 patrol cars (76.3%)Chatsworth Police Department: 16 of 16 patrol cars (100%)Chattooga … [Read more...] about How many dash cams do North Georgia police departments have?
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Contributed photo/Shana Byers Vinyard - Whitfield County Magistrate Judge campaign Facebook page Contributed photo/Shana Byers Vinyard - Whitfield County Magistrate... Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Whitfield County assistant magistrate Shana Vinyard resigned this week after a state investigator looked into an affair she had in 2017. After a man she was sleeping with got arrested two years ago, according to a Murray County Sheriff's Office investigative file, Vinyard provided screenshots to a detective with incriminating evidence against the man. The screenshots showed the man shooting up what he claimed to be methamphetamine while on a video chat with Vinyard. She also gave a detective a screenshot of a text message from the man, showing what he purported to be the drug. He wrote that he was about to sell it. Assistant Magistrate Chris Griffin told the Times Free Press this morning that Vinyard submitted a letter fo resignation to Gov. Brian Kemp this week. … [Read more...] about Whitfield County magistrate resigns amid investigation into affair
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Walker County commissioner write-in candidate Ales Campbell sits on the stairs in the Lafayette courthouse and waits as ballots are counted Tuesday night. Campbell was defeated by incumbent commissioner Bebe Heiskell. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Walker County commissioner write-in candidate... Photo by Allison Love /Times Free Press. LaFayette police say a former Walker County commission candidate stole money from a charity where she served as president. Detective Billy Mullis took out an arrest warrant against Ales Earle Campbell this week, filing a charge of theft by taking against her. Police Chief Bengie Clift said Campbell has been accused of misappropriating funds from the LaFayette Woman's Club. Clift did not know exactly how much money Campbell supposedly took, but he said it's between $1,000 and $10,000. He said the department has given her until 5 p.m. Friday to turn herself in. Attempts to reach Campbell by phone Thursday were not successful … [Read more...] about Former Walker County commission candidate accused of stealing from charity
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The Georgia Supreme Court announced today that is has vacated Skyy Raven Marie Mims' theft conviction in Whitfield County. Mims allegedly stole a car in Detroit in early 2014 and drove it to North Georgia, where she planned to further her career as a model, rapper and dancer. In March of that year, though, she stabbed and killed Dahyabhai Kalidas Chaudmari, a Dalton convenience store worker. She then stole a sleeve of scratch-off lottery tickets and drove to the Atlanta area, where the Georgia Bureau of Investigation later arrested her. A jury convicted Mims of several charges, including murder and theft by bringing a stolen vehicle into the state. A judge later sentenced her to life in prison. The murder conviction and life sentence are not affected by the supreme court's order. The supreme court ruled that Mims' attorney was ineffective because she did not ask a judge to separate the murder and the theft charges. She committed the crimes in different states … [Read more...] about Georgia Supreme Court vacates Skyy Mimms’ theft conviction